The TschentenAlp is Adelboden’s local mountain in the Bernese Oberland and very popular with locals and tourists as an extensive sledging area.
The “mountain of views” is accessed by a gondola lift that takes guests up in seven minutes.
- The three-thousand-metre peaks rise up opposite the summit restaurant: the Lohnermassiv, the Tschingellochtighorn and the Wildstrubel.
- A hike from the TschentenAlp to the Choleren Gorge is an easy hike suitable for the whole family and shows the roaring Tschentenbach stream as a highlight up close.
- A toboggan run leads from TschentenAlp on a particularly wide slope six kilometres down into the valley.
Popular summer activities on the TschentenAlp
The TschentenAlp is not only a paradise for hikers and mountain bikers in summer. Paragliders find favourable conditions here and the playground and (for the older ones) the Giant Swing are suitable for playing. Here you can swing and also feel like a bird over the mountains.
The most popular summer activities on TschentenAlp include:
- Mountain biking
- Giant Swing
For hiking, there are shorter and longer hikes, most of which are classified as easy to moderately difficult. Especially inexperienced hikers can take the gondola up to TschentenAlp in seven minutes to hike downhill on pleasant trails. Many of these paths are accessible all year round. There are no dangerous via ferratas along the way. The special mountain panorama can be enjoyed from the terrace of the mountain restaurant.
Hiking above Adelboden
On the TschentenAlp there are various hiking trails that are marked accordingly. These include various paths downhill to the village of Adelboden, which can also be walked uphill in the opposite direction.
The trail can be extended a bit via the Fluhweide or nearby destinations can be included in the hike. Near the village of Adelboden are suitable for this:
- The Höreli Alpine Garden on the Lower Hörnli Trail
- The Choleren Gorge with the Tschentenbach waterfall
- The deep rock funnel of the Pochtenkessel, where the Engstlige and Otterebach rivers meet
- Upper Fluhweide with view of the Wildstrubel massif
- The Schermtanne with restaurant and hotel and the view of the Stiegelschwand
- The Schwandfeldspitz (2025 m)
On the way through the meadows and Alps, you inevitably have the impression that you are about to meet the Vogel-Lisi.
Hiking trail via Schermtanne to Adelboden (possible all year round)
Hiking to, from and to TschentenAlp is not only possible in summer. A very pleasant hike also goes down to Adelboden in winter.
First you take the cable car up to TschentenAlp. The ride takes about five minutes. The hike is well signposted and leads along a marked path over the Stiegelschwand. Right at the beginning there is still the option of climbing up the short path to the Schwandfälspitz. Here you can watch the many paragliders taking off, especially in fine weather. The hike leads along haystacks and alpine meadows that bloom in summer. After about 1.5 hours you reach the Schermtanne. If you like, you can stop here and then take bus no. 236 back to Adelboden. The next opportunity to stop for refreshments is half an hour later on the further trail via Stiegelschwandstrasse after crossing the Entschlige stream. The Aebi Restaurant is next to the valley station of the Sillerenbühl gondola lift. The trail turns into the village of Adelboden via Aebidiweg and Hahnenmoosstrasse.
For half the hike to Schermtanne:
Circular hike from Adelboden to or via the Höreli Alpine Garden
The Höreli Alpine Garden is located at the end of the Hörnli Trail in Adelboden at 1,500 metres above sea level. More than 700 different herbs and flowers grow in the Alpine Garden. More than 400 species in this garden are labelled with German, Latin and French information signs. The best time to visit the Alpine Garden is in summer, from June to September. Höreli is open all year round, even when there is snow. The entire diversity of alpine flora and its seasonal changes can be seen here. A hike from Adelboden village to the Alpine Garden takes about forty minutes.
Circular hiking trail to the Höreli Alpine Garden
One of the most popular hikes is this circular trail, which leads to the Höreli Alpine Garden, on to the Taubenfels high above the village and on the descent via the Senggi Forest back to Adelboden. The easy hike takes about 2.5 hours and covers just over six kilometres, combined with overcoming 242 metres in altitude.
Circular trail from Adelboden via Höreli to Rehärti
The circular route from Adelboden via Höreli to TschentenAlp and on via Schermtanne and Rehärti back to Adelboden is a moderately difficult hike lasting more than four hours. A detour to the Alpine Garden after the first forty minutes is advisable on a day hike with a stop at TschentenAlp. The tour starts at the post office in Adelboden in the direction of Höreli / Hörnli Unterer Hörnliweg / Schwandfeldspitz. It climbs only slightly and leads over a road and firm paths. After the alpine garden, the trail leads up to the left in the direction of Tschentenegg via a footpath that later continues to TschentenAlp. From TschentenAlp, follow the signpost in the direction of Schermtanne over a paved road. Then continue straight on through the forest and by footbridge over the Stigelbach stream. The path leads along the Allebach and on to a covered rest area. When you reach the village, you cross the Allebach. The Risetensträssli goes uphill and you return to the post office on the village road. Buses to and from Frutigen stop at the post office.
Hike from TschentenAlp via the Choleren Gorge to Adelboden
This tour is a rather easy hike from TschentenAlp with a highlight of a special kind, the Choleren Gorge. Here the Tschentenbach stream breaks its way with an impressive waterfall.
The hike begins with a gondola ride from Adelboden up to TschentenAlp. From there, a pleasant hiking trail goes downhill towards Tschentenegg and Möser-Tschentenegg. After six kilometres of hiking, the tour branches off to the left from the Blütscheggenweg onto the Egernschwandweg, leads along the Tschentenbach stream and comes to the Cholerenschlucht gorge by a small wood.
The one-hundred-metre-long gorge was formed by the Tschentenbach stream, which roars through the rock here. The gorge is accessible via bridges and secured paths and stairs on the rock and can therefore be seen from close up. At the exit of the gorge, you can take a cool bath in the fountain of youth. The way back leads via Ausserschwand back to Adelboden. To shorten the walk, you can take bus 232 from Ausserschwand to the post office.
Tip: The Choleren Gorge can also be hiked from Adelboden by shortening individual sections of the hike with a bus ride. The tourist office sells cheap round-trip tickets for this, but the bus times to Tregel(bus 230) or Ausserschwand(bus 232) should be checked before starting the hike.
The Alpine School Adelsboden offers a special kind of experience as a guided tour in the Choleren Gorge: Abseiling through the narrow gorge with its thundering waterfalls.
Mountain biking on the TschentenAlp
Mountain bikes are transported free of charge by cable car to the TschentenAlp. The descent from the mountain is on hard paths, some of which are tarred between Ausserschwand via the Möser to Tschentenegg.
The descent towards Schermtanne, which is often used by mountain bikers, is popular with hikers and must therefore be ridden with particular care. E-mountain bikers can also easily make their way to Tschentenalp without the cable car. E-mountain bikes can be rented in Adelboden from Büschlen. We have put together the most beautiful mountain bikes around Tschentenalp:
Panorama tour Adelboden – Bütschegga – Mösere – Tschentenalp – Blachti – Allebach – Adelboden
The ascent leads along the Ausserschwand path and then follows a small road over the north side of Tschentenalp. Shortly before Tschentenalp, the path changes to a nature trail. The return journey starts from the mountain station with the high trail and then changes to the single trail descent via the Blachti-Alp. The trail winds through the steep mountain flank to the Allebach stream. On the right bank, the trail now leads back to Adelboden. The four-hour tour ranges between 1,263 metres at the lowest point and 1,946 metres at the highest point. The Hornbrügg landscape conservation area requires special attention.
Bikeroute 20 Engstligen – Loop
This tour covers almost 60 kilometres and is classified as difficult and strenuous. More than 2000 metres of altitude are climbed up and down in about 6.5 hours of riding time. However, the ride can be broken off at some points beforehand, as it goes around Adelboden. There are also eight refreshment stops along the route.
Bikeroute 11 Adelboden – Tschentenalp – Schermtanne – Adelboden
This medium-difficulty tour starts at the Fuhrenweidli car park, leads via Usserschwand and Mösere to TschentenAlp and back via Schermtanne. You need to be an experienced mountain biker for the descent. The tour covers about 16 kilometres and can be completed in 1.5 hours.
Adelboden – Tschenten – Hahnemoos – Chuenis – Tschenten
This difficult tour with around 2,700 metres of altitude covered includes two descents from TschentenAlp to Adelboden. First, TschentenAlp is reached from Adelboden via Ausserschwand and Mösere. The first descent is via the Stiegelschwandstrasse to the Hahnemoospass, Luegli and Chuenisbärgli back to Adelboden. The gondola lift takes you back up to TschentenAlp and then via Tschentenegg and Innerschwand-Eggen back to Adelboden. The tour, which lasts 8.5 hours for experienced riders, reaches a highest point of 2,075 metres and can be broken off at several points.
Half-day tour around Adelboden (Adelboden – Schönbühl – Mösere – Tschentenegg – TschentenAlp – Schermtanne – Silleren – Höi-Turm – Gilbach – Rehärti – Adelboden)
The partly challenging tour first leads in a north-easterly curve to TschentenAlp and from there via the hiking trail to Schermtanne. The further tour to Silleren goes along a road that is also part of a popular hiking trail. It is the Vogellisi – Family – Adventure Trail. As a mountain biker, you must be considerate here.
Tschenten Chuenisbärgli Hahnemoos (Adelboden – TschentenAlp – Sillerenbühl – Hahnemoos – Luegli – Adelboden)
This difficult tour initially corresponds to bike tour 11 from Adelboden to Tschenten and is then supplemented by the route to Sillerenbühl, Hahnenmoospass, Luegli and Chuenisbärgli before returning to Adelboden. After the descent from Chuenisbärgli, there are a few narrow spots to be aware of. (The Chuenisbärgli is famous as a venue for Alpine Ski World Cup races)
Giant Swing TschentenAlp – swinging through the air with the swing
Giant Swing is the name of a large swing on the TschentenAlp slope that gives the feeling of floating through the air.
The Rytiplampi is a hanging seat swing and stands at 1,950 metres above sea level. It lets visitors swing back and forth on a five-metre rope. The view is directly on the Lohnermassif opposite. Use of the Giant Swing is free of charge. The swing is located about 200 metres northeast of the mountain railway station above the children’s ski lift.
Paragliding Adelboden – Start Tschentenalp
Paragliding is a very popular sport on the TschentenAlp. Parachutes are launched from the Schwandfälspitz.
From the top station of the cable car, the path leads southeast for about ten minutes to the large launch site at Schwandfälspitz. Even in January, climb rates of 2-3 metres per second are not uncommon here. In the Oey near the cemetery is the paragliding landing site. If you don’t want to fly yourself, watch the paragliders as they spread out their paragliders on the meadow (or on the snow), secure the harnesses and jump into the air after a few steps. These flight schools offer tandem flights from TschentenAlp:
Winter activities on the TschentenAlp
The winter season at TschentenAlp begins around mid-December and ends around mid-March. Between the end of the mid-season in early December and the start of the winter season, all facilities are closed.
The main winter activities at Tschentenalp include:
- Sledging and night sledging
- Ski & Snowboard, Snowfarming
- Snow biking
- Winter hiking and snowshoeing
The toboggan runs here are particularly wide and 14 kilometres long in total. The ski and snowboard slopes reach about 7.5 kilometres in length. Snow biking is allowed on the slopes at certain times.
The route used is the pistes up to the valley station of the chairlift. The ride continues via Ausserschwand and the main road back to the Tschenten gondola valley station. Motorskicross is a fun event on the TschentenAlp as Tschentencross.
Both ski cup races and motocross races have always been held here. A race has now been created from both sports, in which a skier and a motorcyclist form a team.
For snowshoe hikes, the trail via the TschentenAlp mountain station, Tschentenegg and Möser to the chairlift valley station is used. The hiking time is 1.5 hours. Sports equipment can be hired from the Tschenten lifts themselves or from Harisport.
Tobogganing, skiboarding and airboarding at the Adelboden Tobogganing Park
At TschentenAlp there are various runs suitable for sledging. The toboggan runs are generally separated from the ski runs, there is only one crossing point. With the purchase of the tobogganing pass, the desired sports equipment can be rented if required: Skibock, Skigibel, Balancer, Airboard (air cushion sledge) or classic Davos sledge are available.
The sledging trail network from TschentenAlp has a total length of 14 kilometres and is divided into six routes:
- Möser easy: 2.2 km, return with chairlift
- Mösermedium and Möser (airboard): 2.0 km, return trip with chairlift
- Möser medium: 1.5 km, return trip with chairlift
- Möser difficult: 1.0 km, return trip with chairlift
The toboggan runs start next to the top station of the chairlift. From here they lead down over the Tschentenegg and end after about 300 metres of descent at the latest at the valley station of the chairlift. After a 3.5-minute ride, you are back at the top station.
- Tal: 6.0 km, combined tobogganing/hiking (by bus to the mountain railway or 45-minute walk)
- Valley (Skibock piste) difficult: 1.5 km
Every year at the beginning of March, the Swiss Skibock Championships take place at the TschentenAlp. A skibock is something between a ski and a toboggan.
The long toboggan run down the valley ends after a descent of 635 metres in altitude in Bütschegge / Ausserschwand. From here, the bus takes you back to the valley station of the gondola lift. The bus fare is included in the sledging pass.
Every Wednesday and Saturday evening, the toboggan runs are lit up for night sledging between 6 pm and 9 pm. The restaurants serve hot mulled wine or a fondue. The last descent of the gondola group circuit is at 10 pm.
Skiing and snowboarding
For skiing and snowboarding, the area around Tschentenalp has 7.5 kilometres of pistes, which invite you to carve because of their width. Details can be found in the piste map.
The slopes are made up of 1.5 kilometres of blue run and 6 kilometres of red run. In addition, there are about 2.5 kilometres of freeride. Blue pistes are suitable for beginners, as they have little gradient. Red sl opes are for advanced skiers. Snowfarming has been a tradition on Tschentenalp for several years.
At the end of winter, snow is gathered by the snow groomers, well packed with ten-centimetre-thick insulation sheets, fleece and plastic film. The snow is saved to be used again in October as the first snow of the season. It is mainly used by junior racers for practice from mid-October, but private individuals can also use the race slope from Fridays to Sundays from November.
Getting to the TschentenAlp
The TschentenAlp is reached by the Adelboden – TschentenAlp gondola lift.
The valley station of the cable car is located in the centre of Adelboden. It takes about 90 minutes to get to Adelboden from Bern by public transport:
- Bern – Spiez IC 6 SBB and Spiez – Frutigen BLS or directly Bern – Frutigen (RE direction Domodossola)
- Frutigen – Adelboden Post with bus B 230
By car, Adelboden is reached in about an hour via the A6. It is about a five-minute walk from the car park to the Adelboden Tschentenbahn station. In the seasonal periods from around mid-December to around mid-March and July to around mid-October, the gondola runs every quarter of an hour every day between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. In the off-season it does not run daily.
Detailed information, including special times for events, can always be found on the operating times page. The UK-15 gondola lift was built in 1991 and climbs about 590 metres in altitude over a length of 1,257 metres between Adelboden and TschentenAlp. Other lifts on the TschentenAlp:
- Ski lift (built 1981)
- Children’s ski lift
- Chairlift Möser-Tschentenalp (built 2001)
Facts for all lifts and cable cars on the TschentenAlp:
- Gondola lift Adelboden – TschentenAlp
- 15-seater group gondola lift (gondolas)
- 257 m length
- 590 m difference in altitude
- 950 m top station
- 370 m valley station
- Travel time 4 min. 40 sec.
- 5 m per second
- 810 persons per hour
- Ski lift TschentenAlp
- T-bar lift with T-bar/anchor
- 022 m length
- 305 m difference in altitude
- 950 m top station
- 645 m valley station
- Travel time 7 min. 30 sec.
- 2,5 m per second
- 800 persons per hour
- TschentenAlp children’s lift
- Rope lift/baby lift with low rope guide
- 150 m length
- Möser chairlift – TschentenAlp:
- 4-seater high-speed chairlift (detachable) with covers
- 909 m length
- 304 m difference in altitude
- 945 m top station
- 641 m valley station
- Travel time 3 min. 20 sec.
- 5 m per second
Mountain restaurant, Tschenten Chalet and Tschenten Drom
The mountain restaurant on the TschentenAlp is a self-service restaurant offering hot meals with soups of the day and fried sausages until 3 pm. Cold snacks, salads and cakes are also available.
The restaurant can be booked for celebrations with family, company or club. Banquet suggestions are available for this purpose, which can be individually adapted. Raclette evenings are regularly held here between 18:00 and 22:00. The last gondola descends on these evenings at 22:00. Wedding aperitifs forhoneymooners and their guests at the top of the mountain are an exceptional way to crown the most beautiful day and, with the mountains in the background, provide the backdrop for unforgettable experiences and beautiful wedding photos.
The Tschentendrom is an après-ski bar inside a glass sphere directly at the top station of the cable car. It is heated and offers hunter’s tea, mulled wine and other drinks accompanied by pleasant music. There are benches, tables and loungers around the drom.
The Tschentenchalet is a hostel for up to 20 people. It can also be rented in its entirety by groups, companies or families. In addition to a double room, there is an eight-bed room and a ten-bed room.
The opening hours of the mountain restaurant and the Tschentendrom are coordinated with the operating hours of the cable car.
- New Year’s Eve with 5 courses in the TschentenAlp mountain restaurant from 18:30 – 23:55, seats must be reserved in advance. Mountain rides 0:30 h, 1:00 h and 1:30 h
- in July Tschentenjutz on the Schnarihubl with the Adelboden Yodelling Club and the Örgeli-Trio Furggiblick, followed by the Chilbi in the TschentenAlp restaurant.
Tips, reductions and prices for the TschentenAlp
- Webcams the region
- An interactive piste map shows currently open and closed lifts and pistes.
- All Prices are displayed on the railway website for summer incl. Family Ticket and winter incl. group prices.
- For the TschentenAlp, the municipality of Adelboden provides Hiking passeswhich can be used by hikers as well as sledders and cross-country skiers.
- The promotion Enjoyment Plus offers low-priced mountain or uphill and downhill rides combined with a CHF 20 voucher in the mountain restaurant.
- BreakFree is a promotion in summer (approx. mid-June to the end of October) where overnight guests can use the mountain railways free of charge. In addition to the cable car to the TschentenAlp the cable cars to Engstligenalp, Silleren-Hahnenmoos and Elsigenalp are also included.